As October approaches, the thoughts of many bloggers turn to Write 31 Days.
If you haven’t come across it before, it is a writing challenge where bloggers are encouraged to select a single topic and write about it every day of October.
It is intense (though writing ahead of time is allowed) but it is lots of fun, and a great way to connect with other bloggers.
I have loved taking part in it the last few years so a couple of months ago I began thinking about what I might do this year.
I toyed with a couple of ideas and went as far as drafting out a list of posts for one of them, but I wasn’t completely happy with any of my ideas.
As I thought about it, I eventually realised what the problem was: my Write 31 Days series from last year went too well!
My 31 Days of Kintsugi series is my favourite thing I’ve ever written and I knew that nothing I could write this year would top it. I took on writing it last year in the middle of an incredibly busy time, and yet I finished the month energised and enthused to continue. I wanted to write more on the topic, and yet I had no idea how to go about it… until now.
I have an idea. It’s still in the very early stages, and I don’t know whether or not it will go anywhere, but it excites me enough to think it’s worth a shot. It’s worth devoting some time and energy to see what comes of it.
This has led me to the decision that for the 31 days of October, instead of posting every day, I am going to be taking a step back from blogging. It definitely won’t be a break from writing, but I just need to write elsewhere for a while and create a bit of space to think.
I won’t be gone from here completely. I will have a couple of book review posts in October and I may choose to take part in Five Minute Friday some weeks, but I won’t be participating every week or doing my regular Monday posts. I will also not be visiting other blogs as often as usual, though I hope to drop in from time to time.
I hope you have a great October and that those of you who are participating in Write 31 Days find it a helpful exercise.
I plan to be back posting more regularly here in November. In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to read, you can find the Kintsugi series here.